July 27, 2015
Chow Chow Puppies
So many of you ask me about my pets - my dogs, cats, canaries, horses, ponies, donkeys, chickens, and the peafowl. I enjoy giving you updates on all of them. Sharing a home with any pet is a huge responsibility - one that I never take lightly. It requires time, knowledge, and commitment to ensure every pet gets the best possible care for its entire life.
My pets are members of my family, and I am happy to share — my family just got a little bigger.
As many you know, my Chow Chow, G.K., is a conformation show dog and breed champion. He has sired several litters, and the most recent is now eight weeks old. My breeder, Karen Tracy of Pazzazz Chows in Pennsylvania, brought the litter to my farm to show me, and I decided to keep one the beautiful female puppies. Here are some photos I know you will enjoy…
1 Early one morning, I got a visit from the most adorable Chow Chow puppies. Karen Tracy, owner of Pazzazz Chows, brought G.K.'s newest sons and daughters to the farm.
2 There were four puppies in all - two males and two females. Their mother is a red Chow Chow named Sequoia.
3 These puppies are about eight weeks old, and already so alert.
4 Chows are known to be serious minded, dignified and very bright.
5 Here is their daddy, Genghis Khan, my dear G.K., meeting his puppies for the first time.
6 G.K. is always very gentle with puppies, especially when they are his own.
7 The Chow has a lovely thick mane, with small rounded ears, giving it the appearance of a lion when all grown up.
8 According to the breed's standard, Chows should be sturdy and squarely built. Its body should be compact, and heavy boned.
9 This puppy was so eager to play with G.K. and the Frenchies.
10 At only eight weeks of age, this litter of four was very playful, very friendly, and very curious - signs of good, stable and healthy puppies.
11 The Chow should have a large head with a broad, flat skull, a short, deep muzzle, and very expressive eyes - hard to resist this face!
12 The Chow Chow is an ancient breed of northern Chinese origin. As an all-purpose dog of China, it was used for hunting, herding, pulling and protection. This male puppy has a lot of growing and learning to do.
13 Puppies learn a lot from their mom and litter mates. Playing together teaches them important social skills.
14 I wanted to play with each of the puppies - and, they all wanted to play with me too!
15 What is most unique and distinctive of a true Chow Chow is its blue-black tongue.
16 Many dogs like to lie down with their legs stretched out behind them like frogs. Does your dog do this?
17 Chow Chows tend to have independent spirits - some would call them even catlike. They are also very loyal companions, and love to be with their families.
18 There are two types of coat on a Chow Chow - rough and smooth. Both are double coated. This is a rough coated Chow, like G.K. The outer coat is abundant, dense, and straight. The undercoat is soft and woolly. On a puppy, the coat is soft, thick and woolly overall.
19 Chows come in five colors: red, black, blue, cinnamon and cream. Red puppies are born a mousy brown color, usually with black masks, which will fade by maturity. As the pup grows, its coat will also grow and become more red in color.
20 Here are all four puppies looking to escape their ex-pen. Aren't those the cutest tails?
21 Every one of the these puppies was adorable - it was hard to choose just one.
22 I decided I wanted a female out of this litter. There were two girls from which to choose.
23 I chose this beautiful female. She is square and well-built, and her coat is so full.
24 Here she is in my kitchen ready to play.
25 She already has lots of toys to play with and chew. Plus, she will have lots of time with her daddy, my handsome G.K.
26 I'm still thinking of a good name for the new puppy and will let you all know what it is very soon.